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Top Paying States for Artists and Designers


Multi-Media and Animators

                                              Hourly           Annual
                                                  Wage          Wage            (Mean Salary 2009)

1. California                    $33.86    $70,400     (last year’s rank: 2)      2. Maryland                     $31.24    $65,000     (last year’s rank: 6)      3. Arkansas                     $30.19    $62,800     (last year’s rank: n/a)   4. Washington                 $29.49    $61,300     (last year’s rank: 3)      5. New York                    $29.04    $60,400      (last year’s rank: 4)     6. District of Columbia    $28.12     $58,500     (last year’s rank: 1)     7. Hawaii                         $27.76    $57,700      (last year’s rank: n/a) 8. Massachusetts             $27.28    $56,700      (last year’s rank: n/a) 9. Nevada                        $27.22    $56,600      (last year’s rank: 5)    10. Virginia                       $26.91    $56,000      (last year’s rank: 9)    

Worst: Puerto Rico $14.59 $30,300

Dropped Out of Top 10: Oregon (last year’s rank: 10, this year: 11), Connecticut (last year’s rank: 8, this year: 20), Illinois (last year’s rank: 7, this year: 17)

Wages & Employment Trends:
National Median wages (2009): $28.01 hourly, $58,250 annual
Employment (2008): 79,000 total U.S. employees
Projected growth (2008-2018): Faster than average (14% to 19%)

Job Outlook

The projected job outlook for multimedia artists and animators over the next few years is the same as many other artists in the U.S. – stable, without a discernible expectation of large growth or decline. Competition for jobs will grow because the number of people interested in the career and those with adequate skills will exceed the number of openings. This will help employers choose between higher qualified candidates but will force more workers to become self-employed. Currently, 60% of multimedia artists and animators are self-employed.

There are positive job trends for multimedia artists and animators that might increase the number of jobs. One is that more industries, such as science labs and design services, want more digital or multimedia artwork. Another is that consumer demand for improved 3D/animation/multimedia applications will grow in television and mobile technologies.

The metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation are: San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA (1,900 workers); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA (4,920 workers); Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metro area (1,340 workers); Raleigh-Cary, NC (410 workers); San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (650 workers) (Updated October 4, 2010)

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